Perth Winter Festival 2018 / 2019

One of Scotland’s favourite Winter destinations, Perth City Centre is a popular choice for shopping, eating out and being entertained! Perth Winter Festival calendar of events runs from Hallowe’en in October to Chinese New Year in February and brings with it a seasonal extravaganza of markets, shows, family fun and cultural events.

What’s On

Join us as we switch on the lights of Scotland’s newest city and celebrate with live music, a chocolate festival and a cultural event for the entire community – Perth Winter Festival has something for everyone!

Think everything from foodie fountains to knitters circles, singing brownies to chart-topping stars. While you’re here, why not stop for a bite of lunch, take part in one of the fantastic markets on offer or book into one of the spectacular Christmas shows, pantos or concerts?!

Perth Christmas Market | 16th Nov – 2nd Dec
16 November – 2 December, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Perth city centre

The unique shopping atmosphere of a Christmas market comes to Perth for two weeks. With a range of stallholders offering gift ideas and treats it’s the perfect place to come for festival shopping.

Perthshire Creates Christmas Design Market | 24 - 25th Nov
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November, 10.00 am – 4.30 pm, Civic Hall, 2 High Street, Perth

Buy your high quality handmade artisan Christmas presents directly from the maker. Meet local artists and designer-makers as they showcase and sell their work at the annual Perthshire Creates Christmas Design Market.

The design markets are curated to ensure that visitors can enjoy the highest quality handmade artisan products from across the area. Visitors are able to meet the maker, discover original and unusual artworks whilst supporting ‘buying handmade and local’.

Fair City Market | 24th Nov & 8th Dec
Saturday 24 November & Saturday 8th December, 9.00 am – 4.30 pm, Perth city centre

A mixed market with around 40 stalls selling a variety of craft & gift items and quality local produce.  Situated in the heart of the city, it’s the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping.

For information call Adeline Watson on 01738 582159 or email

Perth Farmers' Market | 1st & 15th Dec
Saturday 1 & 15 December, 9.00 am – 2.00 pm, King Edward Street, Perth

With a wide array of  stalls selling quality local produce including fresh meat, pies, vegetables, seafood, oils, dressings, preserves, dairy products, home baking, wine, ale, spirits and confectionery this long-established market is a great opportunity to buy the freshest of produce direct from the producers, just in time for your own Festive Feast.

Most traders take orders for Christmas and a list of names and contact numbers are on or call Adeline Watson on 01738 582159.

St Andrew’s Weekend | 2nd Dec

St Andrew’s Day Scottish Festival

Sunday 2 December, 12 noon – 4.00 pm, King

Enjoy live music from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Mad Ferret, Clanadonia and Solid Gold Scotland plus other entertainers with a Scottish focus while you browse the St Andrew’s Scottish Market – offering a blend of Scottish food, drink and other goods.


Breakfast with Santa | 16th & 23rd Dec
Sunday 16th & 23rd December, 9.00 am – 12.00 pm, Beales, Perth


£9 per child including breakfast and gift Choice of breakfast for adults and children:

  • Full cooked breakfast – £5.95
  • Coffee and Danish – £3.95

Tickets are available in store on the Christmas Dept. on 2nd floor. Spaces are Limited to make sure to book your spot soon.

Pitlochry New Year Street Party | 1st Jan 19
Tuesday 1 January, 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Atholl Road, Pitlochry

Enjoy a real community New Year party in the beautiful Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry. Join in the fun with the pipe band, ceilidh dancing in the street, children’s entertainment, food and mulled wine. Entry to the party is free, with funds raised from donations for the food and drink, and raffle ticket sales.

Perth Christmas Lights Switch On & Festive Feast | 17th & 18th Nov

When the nights come in, Perth Winter Festival comes alive. Celebrate with us at Perth’s biggest ever Christmas party!

Saturday 17 November

Christmas Lights Switch-On Fun Day

With headline performances from Pixie Lott and James Arthur, Perth is preparing to welcome the Christmas party season in style at the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event. There’s something for everyone with live music on the Year of Young People Stage on King Edward Street, lots of family fun on the Mill Street Children’s Stage, and the switch-on itself on the Tay Street main stage where presenter Stephen Mulhern will be entertaining the crowds as our top host for the day.

Explore the ice caves, watch in amazement as toy-themed ice sculptures are created before your eyes, and marvel at the future of entertainment with Titan the Robot.

Christmas Parade

Led by Santa the Christmas Parade starts from Thimblerow at 5.30pm, before making its way to South Street/Speygate, where the parade will finish. If you are planning to view the light switch on after viewing the parade please note that the only access to Tay Street is opposite Perth Museum and Art Gallery at the end of George Street/Bridge Lane.

The Light Switch-On and Fireworks

At 6.15pm the lights will be switched on by the Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy, who will be joined on stage by a host of stars and special guests. Provost Melloy will press the big red button to trigger the festive lights, followed by an impressive fireworks display over the River Tay.

Santa’s Grotto and Ice Caves

12 noon to 9.00 pm – Saturday 17 Nov

12 noon to 5.00 pm Sunday 18 Nov

Horsecross Plaza

Visit Santa in his special grotto to let him know your biggest Christmas wish in person. Then go see the elves to collect your special Perth Christmas present, before exploring the special ice caves.

Santa’s Animal Friends

12.00 noon – 4.30 pm Saturday 17 Nov

Mill Street

Visit the Cairngorm reindeer, and Santa’s other four-legged friends who help him out around the North Pole when Rudolph is having a well-deserved rest.

Ice Carving

12.00 noon – 5.00 pm Saturday 17 Nov and Sunday 18 Nov

Mill Street

Once again the masters of ice carving Glacial Art will amaze you as they create works of art from the great blocks of ice right before your eyes.

All the Fun of the Fair

10.00 am – 9.00 pm Saturday 17 Nov

10.00 am – 5.00 pm Sunday 18 Nov

Horizon Car Park, Mill Street

Come and experience the thrills of the Horne’s funfair rides, with something for all the family.

Make sure you scream if you want to go faster.

Street Entertainers

12 noon onwards – Saturday 17 Nov

Various places in city centre

Here are a few of the street entertainers you can expect to see at our Christmas Light Switch-On:

– Bad Santas: Bad Santa’s is a Christmas entertainment walkabout with a pumping soundtrack, spectacularly dreadful breakdancing, their own mobile dance floor and joyful Christmas comedy.

– Liver Cottage at Christmas: Introducing festive foodie fun for all, Hugh Fern and Lee Whittingstall are on the move in their mobile, musical Christmas kitchen.

– Fagin and Dodge: Take to the streets of Perth in this Dickensian Christmas stilts walkabout. Theatrical and engaging, this duo charm their way into audiences hearts. It’s straight out of Oliver Twist.

– The Raiju: Meet the Raiju at the Perth at Lights Switch On as they unleash their very own brand of cute chaos on the unsuspecting public.


Saturday 17 November

10.00 am – Chocolate & Gin Street Fest Opens (George Street)

12 noon – Year of Young People Stage Opens (King Edward Street)

12 noon – Children’s Stage Opens (Horsecross Plaza)

12 noon – Street Entertainment Begins (various streets)

12 noon – Santa’s Grotto and Ice Caves open

2.30 pm – Main Stage Opens (Tay Street)

4.30 pm – Parade groups gather (Thimblerow)

5.00 pm – Year of Young People Stage Closes

5.00 pm – Children’s Stage Closes

5.30 pm – Christmas Parade Starts (Thimblerow to Speygate via South Street)

6.15 pm – Christmas Lights Switch-On and Fireworks (Tay Street)

6.20 pm – Main Stage Headline Performances Begin

8.30 pm – Main Stage Closes

9.00 pm – Santa’s Grotto and Ice Caves Close

9.00 pm – Chocolate & Gin Street Fest Closes


Year of Young People Stage

King Edward Street

12.00 – Stage Opened by Compere Colin Baird

12.05 pm – Chloe Ashe

12.40 pm – Phoenix Cheerleaders

1.10 pm – Fair City Baton Twirlers

1.45 pm – Inspire Studios

2.10 pm – Goodlyburn Primary School

2.30 pm – Christmas Talent Competition

3.05 pm – Letham Majorettes

3.30 pm – BBC Super Movers Crew

3.45 pm – Julie Young School of Dance

4.10 pm – Ad Lib

4.30 pm – Perth College UHI Musical Theatre

Children’s Stage

Horsecross Plaza

12.00 noon – Stage Opened by Compere Mark Conroy

12.05 pm – Cobbler’s Christmas Show Part 1

12.30 pm – Titan the Robot

2.00 pm – Titan the Robot

2.30 pm – Cobbler’s Christmas Show Part 2

3.00 pm – Chloe Ashe

3.30 pm – Titan the Robot

4.00 pm – Only One Direction

4.50 pm – BBC Super Movers Crew

Main Stage

Tay Street

Stage compered during the day by Linyl Vinyl

2.30 pm – Longstay

3.30 pm – Last Orders

4.50 pm – The Ex Men All Star Band

6.15 pm – Provost Switches on Christmas Lights

6.20 pm – Stephen Mulhern

6.35 pm – The Village People Experience

7.00 pm – Pixie Lott

7.40 pm – James Arthur

Sunday 18 November

Perth Festive Feast

9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Treats for the ears and the tastebuds on Sunday 18 November when the Perth Festive Feast returns to the city centre.

More live music and entertainment on the King Edward Street and Horsecross Plaza stages to entertain visitors to the Perth Festive Feast, offering a scrumptious Christmassy spread of cake, soup, chocolate, and gin.

Perthshire Winter Cakefest

One of the highlights of 2017, Cakefest returns to Perth for a second year with:

  • an even bigger fully edible map of Perth and Kinross
  • a brand new look and design of the edible map background to our Perth and Kinross cake landmarks, including an edible Santa and sleigh, edible Christmas presents and edible Christmas trees.

All featuring creations lovingly baked by community groups and individuals, and ready for you to taste. Want to join in? Find out more about Cakefest here.

The Great Perthshire ‘Zuppa’ Soup finale

The shortlisted entries for the annual Great Perthshire Soup Competition, hosted by local social enterprise Giraffe, will be calling for your votes. From complex spices to real rib-sticking broths this is your chance to choose Perthshire’s soup-making champion of 2018.

Perth Bakers’ Parade

2.00 pm

St John Street

Recreating a medieval guild tradition the Festive Feast Bakers will parade along St John Street to the Concert Hall Plaza in Mill Street.


11.00 am – Chocolate & Gin Street Fest Opens (George Street)

12 noon – King Edward Street Stage Opens

12 noon – Horsecross Plaza Stage Opens

12 noon – Perth Cakefest Map Starts Assembly

12 noon – Santa’s Grotto and Ice Caves open

2.00 pm – Perth Baker’s Parade (St John Street)

4.00 pm – Cake Eating Begins – Mill Street

Stage Programme

Horsecross Plaza Stage

12 noon – Journey North

12.45 pm – The Mad Ferrett Band

1.30 pm – Cairdeas

2.20 pm – Bohemian Monk Machine

3.20 pm – Bobby King & The King Fishers

4.20 pm – Aye n Aye

King Edward Street Stage

12 noon – Chris Small

12.40 pm – About Last Night

1.30 pm – Real Life Entertainment

2.15 pm – The Purple Felts

3.00 pm – The Irritable Owls

3.40 pm – Wang Dang Delta

4.30 pm – Last Orders

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November

Perth Chocolate and Gin Street Fest

10.00 am – 8.30 pm Saturday 17th November

10.00 am – 17.00pm Sunday 18th November

Running on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Perth Festive Feast, this is a unique celebration of all things chocolate and gin. It is the perfect place to visit for special Christmas gifts and a treat or two (go on, we won’t tell).

The gin is strictly for the grown-ups, but there’s also lots to see and do for the family, with chocolate in all forms to admire and taste.

This is a free event and tickets are not required.

Perth Christmas Market

9.00 am – 5.00 pm – Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th Nov

Adding to Perth’s existing array of independent shopping experience, the Perth Christmas Street Market will bring even more choice to gift buyers. Whatever your gift buying requirements this festive season, Perth is the place to find a unique and thoughtful present.

Perth Riverside Light Nights | 26th Jan - 10th Feb
Saturday 26 January – Sunday 10 February, from 6.00 pm

Brighten up those winter nights with one of the high points of the Perth City Centre calendar – the return of the Perth Riverside Light Nights. Following a variety of themes visit the winter wonderland at Norie Miller Park on the banks of the River Tay to enjoy spectacular lighting and entertainment to chase away those January/February blues.

Perthshire Chinese New Year | 2nd Feb
On Saturday 2 February follow the dragons, dancing lions, lanterns and fire crackers as they lead the Perthshire Chinese Community parade through the city centre in this celebration of Chinese New Year.
Perth Lantern Parade and Nativity Scene | 1st Dec
Saturday 1 December, from 5.00 pm, Perth city centre

A lantern parade involving school pupils, churches and community groups. There will be daytime workshops to make your own lantern, before you participate in this parade through the city centre.

Lantern Parade

  • Gather at St Ninians Church from 16.30 onwards with Carol singing & the Switch on of the St Ninians Nativity scene at 16.50
  • Lantern Parade with Perth Pipe Band to take place at 17.00 hrs from St Ninians Church to St Johns Kirk (North Methven Street to Kirkside via High Street & King Edward Street)

Carol Singing

  • Switch on of the St Johns Nativity scene at 17.15 (outdoor) followed by Community Carol Singing at the Kirkside with Perthshire Brass Band
Perth Santa Run | 8th Dec

Saturday 8 December, 12 noon, Perth City Centre

Santa Claus is most definitely coming to town this December, when hundreds of costumed runners will once again travel to Perth for the annual Perth Santa Run. This jolly 5k family fun run takes runners through the streets of the city centre, across the River Tay and back on to the North Inch. All runners will receive a full Santa outfit to run in, and keep for their own, as well as a finisher’s medal (which can double up as a Christmas decoration), mince pies and more. And, if you keep your Santa outfit on as you shop, you may receive a special gift or discount from city centre businesses. Children in buggies and pets are welcome to run alongside their santa’s.

To enter click here

Comrie's Hogmanay Flambeaux | 31st Dec

Monday 31 December, midnight, Comrie

Celebrate the coming of the New Year in impressive fashion at the traditional Comrie Flambeaux parade. Flambeaux torches are paraded around the village preceded by a pipe band, and followed by a fancy dress parade. The torches are then cast into the River Earn.

For more information click here

Perth "Robert Burns Celebration | 26th - 27th Jan
On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January, Perth will celebrate the contribution Robert Burns has made to Scottish culture, with live entertainment and fun with a Scottish twist as part of the Riverside Light Nights. On Saturday 26 there will also be a themed parade starting in Perth city centre, and heading over the bridge to bring participants to Norie Miller Park.

Winter Festival Programmes

Want to find out about all the amazing Winter Festival events coming to Perth & Kinross this Winter? Take a browse through both the Perth and Kinross programmes to find your festive fun!

Getting Here

Perth’s stunning location on the River Tay puts Perth at the very heart of Scotland’s public transport network. With regular bus and rail services to destinations across Scotland.

By Car/Park and Ride

Perth is easily accessible by road from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling and Inverness. There’s a wide range of safe and secure, short stay car parks within the city centre.

If you wish to park and ride you can find out more information here 

Find out more about parking in Perth City Centre at

By Bus

Perth can be reached by a network of fast and reliable coach services. Travelling around Perth is easy by bus, with many fast and reliable services available, from all over the City.

By Train

Perth Railway Station is a short walk from the city centre. There are regular services to and from Stirling, Dundee and Pitlochry, with a journey time of around 30 minutes.Direct trains to and from Edinburgh run at approximately two hourly intervals.

Things to Do

When it comes to “things to do”, Perthshire has an enviable reputation for offering it all. You can seek adventure or relaxation in Highland Perthshire, top up on shopping and culture in our towns – and city! – or delve into the past with our huge number of historical attractions. There are gardens to explore, lochs to sail on and trails to walk.

Perthshire is also known as Scotland’s larder, so it’s no coincidence that so many of the country’s award-winning hotels and restaurants are located here. We’re also known for our fun-filled events, from music festivals to foodie feasts and family fun days.

And Perthshire is centrally located, so it’s easy to get here. Hop on a train or bus, jump in the car, bring your bikes, scooters and kayaks – it won’t take long and you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.


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